What is hyperthermia therapy and how does it work?
Hyperthermia is a therapy used to heat cancer tumors. Research shows that heat can damage or kill cancer cells in some tumors while also making radiation therapy more effective in treating some malignant tumors that reoccur or grow despite conventional therapy.
Hyperthermia works in four ways to attack the malignant tumor:
For these reasons, hyperthermia is usually used in combination with radiation therapy.
Is hyperthermia effective and safe?
Hospitals around the world have been using hyperthermia as a cancer treatment for more than 30 years; the efficacy and safety of the therapy is well established.
In clinical trials, the specific hyperthermia treatment that Beaumont uses (in conjunction with radiation therapy) showed that:
What will I experience during my hyperthermia therapy?
Hyperthermia therapy will be delivered to you during an hour-long session, which is usually followed by radiation treatment. The frequency of the sessions is typically two times a week for a total of 10 to 12 treatments. The treatment plan is determined by your team during a consultative meeting.
During your treatment session, the following will likely occur:
Is hyperthermia covered by insurance?
Although many insurance carriers cover hyperthermia therapy for some tumors, you should always check with your physician or insurance company to make sure that your therapy will be covered.
Hyperthermia therapy is offered at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
in the Cancer Center. To schedule a consultation call 248-551-5490.
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